It has been quite interesting to move from a big town to this quiet place. We live about a mile from a little town that does not have many things some people consider necessities.
It has no supermarket, no shopping mall – not even a department store, no bank, no mail delivery (you pick it up at the post office), no school, no drive-thru, no home improvement warehouse – not even a hardware store. No signal light, not even a flashing red light, no police department. It is a town of about 200 people if you search far and wide to count everyone.
What we do have is peace and quiet, some very beautiful scenery, and a much slower pace of life.
The Visitor Center is an old Quonset hut.
Here is the church we attend. On a really big day there are about 50 people.
We are bordered by the Skagit River, second longest river in the state of Washington, the Cascade Mountains and the North Cascades National Park – sometimes referred to as the “American Alps.”
The backbone of the town is Highway 20, the “North Cascades Highway,” which is part of the larger Cascades Loop. There is a whole website devoted to the loop if you are interested. www.cascadeloop.com
Except for the few “locals” most people just stop to get gas, stretch their legs and maybe get a bite to eat before going on their way over the pass through the Cascades. On the weekends in the summertime the two gas stations (owned by the same family) are real hot spots. Many car and motorcycle clubs take the scenic drive up along the river.
Most of the locals try to avoid town on the weekends to miss all the tourists. The local businesses do 80% of their annual volume from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Marblemount started out in the 1800’s being a little cluster of buildings offering services to the gold miners and later the loggers.
There were some huge logs that came out of this area.
This is an old photo of the original “Mine to Market” road, which followed the path of an old Indian trail along the Cascade River and was used to haul supplies to and from the gold mines in the mountains.
This road was later paved and renamed Cascade River Road and is the road we live on. Now it is used mostly by hikers heading for the trailhead about 20 miles above us.
This is the bridge over the Skagit river that connects us to town. Before it was built in the 1960’s, a pole ferry or canoe was the only way across the river.
It is a beautiful, quiet little place and we love spending time here.